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British Agent(1934)

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  • Loyalty to Love and The Cause

    • J. R. Horne
    • 2/2/11

    The Russian Revolution is quite an inconvenient problem for theinstantaneous love zonk received by British diplomat Leslie Howard and Lenin's secretary Kay Francis. The brutality of the Red Army seems to only fire the passions of the two as their impossible love ignites after a chance encounter when Francis who has taken a pot shot at a soldier is chased onto the groundsof the British Embassey in Petrograd. Howard saves her life by simply demanding the soldier to scram by showing him the stiffest of upper lips. It all roils forward from there as the two are alternately snogging in gypsy cafes and plotting against each other's political positions when apart. To say the end of the filmhas justified the means of the plot is a great example of crazy movie logic that only Kay Francis, who never had trouble with ambiguous motivations, could pull off. Howard is at his natural, subtle best. Lots of fun.

  • Bravo for British Agent!

    • Emily
    • 10/9/06

    Leslie Howard was definitely in his most different role I've ever seen him in, a totally different and real hero in this picture. He wasn't a Scarlet Pimpernel but more of a normal person serving his country in a less patriotic way you might say compared to his role in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He was fantastic though! Kay Francis played beautifully the Russian spy who was also involved with Leslie's character in the film and so the two of them were both in love but had most different jobs. Kay fought for Russia and Leslie fought for England. The supporting cast was brilliant and the interesting directory of camera cuts and scenes taken were very different and fun to watch. This is definitely not your average film and whether you like the cast or not, I would recommend this film to anyone to remind them what their country means. I give this a grand round of applause!

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